UC Davis Protestors File Suit Over Pepper Spray Incident

Nineteen students and alumni from the University of California, Davis, filed a lawsuit claiming that their free speech and assembly rights were violated during a controversial pepper-spray incident.

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DAVIS, Calif. — Nineteen students and alumni from the University of California, Davis, filed a lawsuit Feb. 22 claiming that their free speech and assembly rights were violated during a controversial pepper-spray incident on Nov. 18, 2011.

The suit names Chancellor Linda Katehi and other campus administrators and police officers as defendants, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lt. John Pike is accused in the suit of spraying crouching protestors at close range.

The students allege that their hands were zip tied in a manner that cut off blood flow, and that the officers did not have the equipment to cut off the ties, the Courthouse News Service reports.

The students are seeking unspecified monetary damages and an injunction preventing the future use of brutal tactics, The Modesto Bee reports.  

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